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"These guys aren’t choosing between a job in auto mechanics and beheading infidels. Yeah, they're discontented, and maybe they’ve got a good reason, too. Fair enough. The thing is, there are a lot of hard-luck cases in the world, and a lot of places on the losing side of history. But not all those places celebrate mass murder because they’re angry. See, little ]ohnny Hardluck might feel bad one day and say to his mommy, ‘Mommy, I feel so bad I'm going to cut somebody’s head off’ That could happen in Pittsburgh. We have`psychos, too. But how Mommy responds is kind of what makes one place different from another.

So if his mommy says, ‘That’s a good idea, Johnny, you slice them up real good, and if you die, we’ll be extra proud of you' then we know what kind of people we’re dealing with. Around here, you kill a hundred children with an exploding ice cream truck and your family gets a pension and its own website. That doesn’t happen in Pittsburgh. That is not a minor distinction. When we act badly, we at least feel really bad about it, and try to find ways to avoid it later. These people do exactly the opposite. That’s why we’re better than them. Got it?”

“They are being manipulated by the elites,” Jamal says. Atwood gently bangs the back of his head against the concrete cell. This is not the first time he’s had this conversation. But usually when he does have these conversations, he’s trying to get laid. At least this time he can speak his mind.

“Jamal, you can only manipulate ideas that make sense to people already. If an imam gets on his soapbox and tells all the Sunnis to go out and kill all the New York Yankee fans, they wouldn’t make much headway. Because it wouldn’t make any kind of sense. Go kill the Shiites? That makes sense. Unfortunately, everything happening down the mountain, and even up here, makes sense to people, whether they like it or not.

And these assholes? In there? They aren’t gonna stop. You see, it's all explained by Loggins’s Law. You know Loggins and Messina? No? Doesn’t matter. It's like this, Jamal: we will never get along with anyone - not now, not later, not ever - if their mamas don’t dance and their daddies don`t rock and roll. Because it`s mind over matter, my friend. And you cannot change people's minds about what matters.”

             -- "The Girl in the Green Dress"